Winterball Roundup - 12/30

Left-hander Miguel de los Santos was masterful in Thursday's winterball postseason start, retiring the first 15 batters he faced. Lone Star Dugout takes a look at all of the day's winterball action.

Venezuelan Winter League


The Venezuelan Winter League regular season came to an end on Thursday, meaning the La Guaira (26-35) season is also finished. Third baseman Renny Osuna got the start for the Tiburones, going 0-for-2 with two walks and his third stolen base.

The Navegantes del Magallanes (28-35) will also be returning home for the remainder of the winter. Leadoff hitter Endy Chavez (.242/.315/.305) singled once in four trips. Erold Andrus, who got the start in center, went 0-for-2.



Dominican Winter League

Left-hander Miguel de los Santos carried a perfect game through the first five innings of his start on Thursday. The 22-year-old retired the first 15 batters he faced, fanning eight. He was pulled after issuing a walk to the first hitter of the sixth inning.

De los Santos was making his first postseason start with the Toros del Este. In nine regular season innings, he yielded two earned runs while walking seven and striking out 11.

Second baseman Esteban German also contributed to the 2-1 victory with a single and a walk in four trips.



Puerto Rican Winter League

Ponce reliever Zach Phillips earned the victory on Thursday night, as he retired all four batters he faced, getting two groundouts and two flyouts. Despite working scoreless ball over his last five outings, Phillips has five walks and only one strikeout in 6.2 frames.

Miguel Velazquez got the start in left field and went 1-for-3 with a pair of strikeouts.



Mexican Pacific League


Mazatlan third baseman Brian Barden, who is beginning to heat up just as the regular season comes to a close, had two singles and two walks in five plate appearances. He scored two runs and drove one home.

Guasave catcher Jose Felix entered late in the game and singled in his only plate appearance. The 22-year-old picked off yet another runner, gunning down Reggie Abercrombie at first base this time.

The Venados and Algodoneros both qualified for the Mexican Pacific League playoffs, which begin on Saturday evening.



Liga Paralela (Venezuela Minor League)

The Bravos took home the 2010 Liga Paralela title with a best-of-three series victory over Caracas. The season concluded on December 22.

That Caracas club featured 19-year-old shortstop Edwin Garcia, who appeared in 23 games and went 15-for-66 (.227) with four doubles and a home run. He had 13 walks against only nine strikeouts.

Guillermo Moscoso played most of the season with the big Caracas club but started his winterball campaign with two short Liga Paralela starts. The right-hander yielded four runs (two earned) in 2.1 innings.

Anzoategui hurler Jonathan Rojas shined over three starts, tossing 10 scoreless innings. The 22-year-old allowed three hits while walking two and striking out seven. Rojas doesn't have any state-side experience above the rookie level, but his strong performance earned him two appearances with the LVBP Caribes team.

David Paisano and Renny Osuna turned in impressive performances with the big La Guaira club in '09, but both were largely relegated to Liga Paralela this year after early season slumps.

Paisano played 25 games in Liga Paralela and hit .283 (30-for-106) with nine doubles, six walks, and five stolen bases in eight attempts.

The versatile Osuna played just about all over the diamond––appearing in 21 contests––and posted a .280/.314/.512 slash line with nine doubles, two triples, and two round-trippers in 87 plate appearances.

Lefty reliever Joe Ortiz pitched most of the campaign with the LVBP team but hurled three scoreless innings in three minor league relief appearances.



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